When it comes to helping teenagers cope with anxiety, words alone may not be enough. According to Keith Humphreys, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, the best way to help ease the pain caused by their symptoms is to offer activities that don't pose a threat. Examples of such activities include meditating, going for an outdoor walk or exercising. These activities may be more effective in the long term than simply talking. Adolescence is a time of many challenges, such as dealing with friendships, doing well in school, and managing adolescent hormones.
It's important to remember that these issues can all contribute to anxiety and should be addressed in order to help teens manage their feelings. It's also important to provide teens with a safe space where they can talk about their feelings without fear of judgement. Encouraging them to talk about their worries and fears can help them feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Finally, it's important to remember that anxiety is a normal part of life and that it's okay to feel anxious. Teaching teens how to recognize and manage their anxiety can help them cope with it in a healthy way.